A Walk In Their Shoes (E.5)

A life we never hope to live

Gelani Banks
Aug 3, 2018 · 2 min read
Photo by Cristian Newman on Unsplash

I’m hurting.

My mind won’t stop racing.

How can someone so broken handle all of this pain and stress at the same time?

My father died and it was sudden.

Car crash at 1 a.m. coming home from work.

The drunk driver passed as well.

I have to be strong and hold our family together.

But you can’t imagine what we are going through.

My father canceled his term life insurance five years ago to try to save some money and my mother says they didn’t have anything saved.

Eight thousand!

That’s’ how much the funeral costs.

Yet I don’t even know if I can come up with $500 if I needed new tires.

The pain in my heart is unbearable.

The hurt in my mom’s eyes reminds me of when we lost my brother as a newborn.

My job is giving the week off, but no pay for the week will certainly hurt my pockets.

Rent is due in 6 days and I should be fine to cover that but by the time the 3rd comes, I don’t know how I’ll make it till payday.

When death hits your family it’s not only an emotional burden, but it’s also a financial burden, and I’m not sure which is heavier.


There are so many people who suffer from poverty. Sometimes it’s inherited and can also be because of a lack of financial education. Financial Literacy isn’t talked about enough so please join me as I talk and write about the problems in our communities.


If you’d love to continue the walk towards financial literacy please check out my personal finance podcast In The Black. Enjoy!

Gelani Banks

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I love to teach others about personal finance.

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